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Another Friend save the day, June Project


So once again, I relied on a friend to save my project. But that’s just me. I am happiest in the company of my friends and always have been. Like last night sewing till midnight was a blast with Emily. She worked on her Maternity wardrobe while I squeezed in my June project.

I am traveling to Canada next week and meeting Emilie (Jalie co-owner) and wanted to show off my new top (The newest Jalie pattern 2806) in the fabric she sent for me, so this was sort of out of necessity.

So last night everything was going well and I am trying to be patient with the foldover pleat but it was just not cooperating. I tried hand tacking the allowance to inside but that didnt work either. Emily suggested that I try adding some weight inside the top to keep the pleat in place the but I just couldnt come up with a feasible solution.

Enter Donna… the problem solver!

“Lets tack the pleat down sewing through all the layers! And we’ll make the stitches so tiny that they become part of the gathers.” Brilliant! Of course she did the sewing too because unlike her my hand sewing skills are… Pathetic!

She she first basted the pleat down and I tried it on. It was perfect. She then used a coordinating thread and took really tiny stitches on the pleat. I love em!

Before:

After

Here’s my review of Jalie 2806 on PatternReview.com

We then went outside to take some photos. So she takes the credit for pretty much half of my June project 🙂

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My May Project

So you thought that I skipped a month right? Nope. I did manage to finish the bias skirt as my May Project. I had been fussing over this project for so long. Should I line it or not? What seam finishes? How will my first bias project turn out.. so on and so forth. In the end I only had 2 days left until month end and I needed to stick to my plan so I decided to jump right in and just sew it to the best of my abilities. Granted that this is not something I would enter in a contest, but it’s a bias skirt and I love it! I decide not to line it and just wear a slip under it if I feel the need.

I also realized that there is no need to be afraid of bias. In fact I am going to make my next bias skirt in a gorgeous linen I picked up in NYC at the PR weekend last year. I’ve heard that bias is beautiful in linen and I want to see for myself. Plus its sweltering hot here so I need some linen on my body 🙂

Ok enough talk, lets see the photo of my FIRST BIAS SKIRT in silk charmeuse from Mike’s Fabrics (The BEST!) at PR weekend LA.

I’ll have to take a better picture when I wear it. It was 1:00 AM when I finished it and I could barely get Gagan to look at me, let alone take a photo 🙂

Jeweled up!

My mother in law is visiting and since her b’day is coming up soon, I decided to make something for her. My latest love is jewelry making and she loves big earring so my sister in law and I picked a design we think she’ll like. So this weekend I got the necessary supplies and got to work. Here’s the inspiration photo:


Photo credit http://www.firemountaingems.com

And this is what I ended up with:

If you arent into jewelry but want to learn, earrings are a great way to start. It’s not a lot of investment and they are really easy to begin.

Of course I wasn’t going to keep my supplies way just yet so here’s another thing I made for myself. This was SUPER easy. I saw the design on my local bead store’s website: http://www.lilysbeads.com and the owner of that store helped me pick out the supplies.

The beads are dyed pink jade even though it appears red in the photo. In this, the beads were just strung onto the silver beading chain and crimped into place with tiny crimp beads.

Jodi you’d be so proud of me!

A Friend in need…

is a friend indeed!

So true…

OK, so as you know knitting is another one of my hobbies. Am I good at it? HARDLY! and this post will prove it 🙂 Lets just say I can knit and purl and that’s about it.

So after my first successful attempt at My first knitted t-shirt, I picked a slightly more advanced project:

Sahara by Stitch Diva Studios

Photo credit http://www.stitchdiva.com

Which is all good but never did I realize that in a span of just 5 minutes it’s possible to:
a) start knitting from flat into round
b) start doing short rows
AND
c) drop a stitch and then created a knotty stitch while trying to fix it.
Of course I didn’t realize I did all those things until I took it to the doctors… aka Emily.

Oh what a life saver. Not only did she fix all the things I managed to do wrong, she also showed me what it looks like and basically saved the project.

Moral of the story… Make mistakes and then LEARN from them. Of course verdict is still out whether or not I LEARNT from mine 😉 I still managed to mess things up at her house yesterday but so far so good…

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